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2015 News Archives

February 26, 2015
Hengyi Rao, PhD, assistant professor of Cognitive Neuroimaging in Neurology and Psychiatry within the division of Sleep and Chronobiology, talked to HealthDay about research suggesting that skipping a single night of sleep leads to a shift in brain activity that seems to spark a desire to consume more fat the following day.
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February 25, 2015
A medical mystery in the Washington Post featured a Penn patient suffering from voice problems who ended up being diagnosed with Eagle syndrome by John Y.K. Lee, MD, an assistant professor of Neurosurgery.
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February 23, 2015
Frances Jensen, MD, chair of the department of Neurology, authored an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer highlighting the biological underpinnings of the teenage behavior that may seem, to parents and other adults, so erratic.
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February 17, 2015
A new multi-institution study, led by Rinad Beidas, PhD, assistant professor of Psychology in the department of Psychiatry, has found that an organization’s culture and climate are better predictors of the use of evidence-based practices than an individual therapist’s characteristics in the treatment of children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders.
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February 16, 2015
A PNAS paper on sleep and metabolism from the labs of Amita Sehgal, PhD, a professor of Neuroscience and Aalim M. Weljie, PhD, a research assistant professor of Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics, was highlighted in articles in Science News and The Scientist.
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February 12, 2015
A new Penn Medicine study led by Hengyi Rao, PhD, a research assistant professor of Cognitive Neuroimaging in Neurology and Psychiatry, found that not only do we consume more food following a night of total sleep deprivation, but we also we consume more fat and less carbohydrates and a region of the brain known as the salience network is what may lead us to eat more fat.
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February 11, 2015
The NIH Director's blog mentions the seizure prediction and detection contest organized by Penn, building on research from Penn physicians, and supported by American Epilepsy Society, NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and the Epilepsy Foundation.
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February 11, 2015
In a Philadelphia Inquirer article about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Michael Thase, MD, professor of Psychiatry, cautions against evening light therapy.
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February 9, 2015
John Dani, PhD, chair of the department of Neurosciences and director of the Mahoney Institute of Neurosciences, comments on PBS39's "Focus," in a segment explaining current brain research and health, including Alzheimer's disease.
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February 3, 2015
Frances Jensen, MD, professor and chair of Neurology, recently talked to C-SPAN about the study of the human brain, the development of adolescents, and the reasons behind many of the behaviors parents and others see during the teenage years.
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February 2, 2015
Doug Smith, MD, professor of Neurosurgery and director of the Center for Brain Injury and Repair, was interviewed by CBS3 and NBC News about concussions and traumatic brain injury.
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January 30, 2015
Anthony Rostain, MD, professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, spoke with Medscape about research suggesting developmental changes in symptom severity and adaptive functioning differ significantly among children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
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January 30, 2015
M. Sean Grady, MD, professor and chair of the department of Neurosurgery talked with HealthDay about a new eye-tracking method that might help determine the severity of concussions.
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January 30, 2015
Edna Foa, PhD
, director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, was interviewed by the Washington Post about PTSD as the trial of the shooter who took the life of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, approaches.
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January 29, 2015
Frances Jensen, MD, professor and chair of Neurology, spoke with Fresh Air's Terry Gross, about the teenage brain and why teens have trouble controlling impulses.
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January 28, 2015
Anjan Chatterjee, MD
, chair of Neurology at Pennsylvania Hospital, spoke with the magazine Nautilus in an article describing a subset of Parkinson’s disease patients that experience an urgent onset of creativity, thought to be the result of Parkinson’s medications that activate the dopamine pathways in the brain.
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January 26, 2015
An article in Elle magazine talked about the use of prolonged exposure therapy, developed by Edna Foa, PhD, professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry and director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, for use in patients with PTSD resulting from rape or military service.
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January 23, 2015
Felicia Greenfield, LCSW, associate director for clinical and research operations at the Penn Memory Center, and Anjan Chatterjee, MD, professor of neurology, were quoted in a PhillyVoice article about art therapy for Alzheimer's patients.
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January 23, 2015
Doug Smith, MD, professor of Neurosurgery and director of the Center for Brain Injury and Repair, and Robert Siman, PhD, research professor of Neurosurgery, spoke with WHYY Radio about a new blood test that could indicate long-term severity of concussions.
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January 22, 2015
Anjan Chatterjee, MD, professor of neurology and chief of neurology at Pennsylvania Hospital, was interviewed by the Cognitive Neuroscience Society about the neuroscience of aesthetics and art.
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January 15, 2015
Steven Arnold, MD, director of the Penn Memory Center, and Jason Karlawish, MD, professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, were quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about Alzeheimer's research volunteers.
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January 14, 2015
Frances Jensen, MD, chair of Neurology, was interviewed by CBC radio regarding her new book, The Teenage Brain.
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January 13, 2015
Aaron Beck, MD, emeritus professor of Psychiatry, was on the NPR podcast, Invisibilia. Beck discussed the tenets of cognitive behavior therapy, a revolutionary form of therapy he discovered, based on the idea that a person's thoughts or a certain subsets thereof shouldn't be taken so seriously.
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January 13, 2015
Tracy Bale, PhD, a professor of neuroscience in psychiatry, discussed the microbiome-brain connection in a LiveScience.com article.
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January 8, 2015
NPR’s All Things Considered reported on a study from Caryn Lerman, PhD, a professor of Psychiatry and deputy director of the Abramson Cancer Center, that found measuring neural activity in smokers’ brains helped predict who would successfully quit or fail more than 80 percent of the time.
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January 6, 2015
Felicia Greenfield, LCSW, associate director of the Penn Memory Center, was quoted in a Philadelphia Tribune article about the Penn Memory Center's efforts to combat Alzheimer’s disease in the African-American community.
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January 5, 2015
Martha Farah, PhD, director of the Center for Neuroscience & Society, spoke with the New York Times about facial analysis and its applications in sports.
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